How you can support our Troops in Iraq
anysoldier.com is helping to provide needed morale boosts for our service members in Iraq. The website is helping American civilians show their appreciation directly to the soldiers by sending care packages.
This can almost be done anonymously, if you wish. Who knows, you might end up with a new pen pal, or make a lifelong friend. One doesn't need to send anything at all, other than words of support. The important thing is to show our military personnel that we support them 100%. How this is done, is up to you! The site is very informative and has many great ideas. There are suggestions for the types of things to send, how to send them, and who and where to send them. You'll have no trouble finding a way to show your appreciation. Remember, our soldiers didn't ask to go to Iraq or Afghanistan. We sent them there. Whether you agree with the reasons we are there or not, we owe our complete support and gratitude to those that are literally putting their lives on the line.
The site is run by Marty Horn, 20 year Army veteran and father of a son recently returned from duty in Iraq. Marty has diligently addressed numerous issued and many obstacles to make many wishes come true. It is a non-profit organization, so you can make a tax-deductible donation too.
I highly encourage you to visit the website!!!
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These two pictures show a statue cast by Iraqi sculptor Kalat who for years had been forced by Saddam Hussein to make an endless procession of bronze busts of himself. Kalat was so grateful of the American liberators that he worked day and night for months to make this memorial dedicated to the American soldiers and their fallen comrades. Presently it is on display outside the palace that is now home to the 4th Infantry Division. Eventually it will be shipped and displayed at the Memorial Museum in Fort Hood, Texas.
The following is a quote from ARNEWS:
"The sculpture is based on a scene many in Iraq have witnessed in one form or another.
A Soldier kneels before a memorial of boots, rifle and helmet — his forehead resting in the hollow of his hand. Behind and to his right stands a small Iraqi girl with her hand reaching out to touch his shoulder.
The statue evokes emotion. The girl was added to the statue to remind people of why the sacrifice was made," [Command Sgt. Maj. Chuck] Fuss said.
"It's about freedom for this country, but it's also about the children who will grow up in a free society," he said.
The statue will eventually be flown to the 4th Infantry Division museum at Fort Hood, Texas.